JRA/PFLP” Declaration of World War” by Masao Adachi (1971)

JRA/PFLP” Declaration of World War” by Masao Adachi (1971)

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***With introductory remarks by Toronto based Video Artist and Curator, Victoria Moufawad-Paul ***

Filmed in 1971 in the midst of joint anti-imperialist military actions carried out by the Japanese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Declaration of World War is an experimental revolutionary film essay that serves as a record of the communist and anti-imperialist global struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.

Flags Burned at Anti-Imperialist Demo in Montreal

Flags Burned at Anti-Imperialist Demo in Montreal

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Protesters denouncing American Imperialist laws and foreign policy gathered en masse today in Montreal.  In a showing of their disgust protesters burned both a Canadian Flag and American flag.

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather to mourn all those killed by US/Canada/NATO in the terrifying years since 9/11.

This protest was called not just to target America, but to expose Canada as America’s accomplice–“USA terrorist, Canada accomplice!”.

RSM Toronto issued a statement on 9/11.
Sisters, brothers, and comrades–

I speak today on behalf on the newly-formed Revolutionary Student Movement of the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee of Toronto.

We stand here in solidarity with the everyday people whose lives are ruined by the ravages of imperialist war. Our group denounces the ruthless actions of the Canadian state, whose military imposes daily misery and destruction in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Haiti and all other oppressed nations in the third world. We denounce the Canadian state for its plunder of land and resources and genocide of the First Nations people.

This Canadian state funnels the money and wealth generated by ordinary workers into an odious war machine so that the rich can maintain the stability of its ruling world order.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of Sept 11th, a day of infamy not just because it ushered in the so-called “war on terror”–we must also remember the US-backed coup against the socialist Allende government in Chile. Today it is the obligation of students, youth, and all people concerned with justice to take a stand against imperialism–because imperialism means endless war and destruction. We should be asking–“Who are the real terrorists here?”

Click here to read the PCR-RCP’s statement on 9/11.

4 Things Students Face under Capitalism

4 Things Students Face under Capitalism

4 THINGS STUDENTS FACE UNDER CAPITALISM

 

Capitalism is a socio-economic system in which the poor majority toils in misery to maintain the wealth of the rich bourgeoisie. These are four conditions that proletarian (working-class) students and youth face under capitalism:

1. The overwhelming majority of working class students will never get to go to university, or even college because education is not free—state-run education systems starts streaming youth from day one. Where youth end up is entirely dependent upon their class background.

2. Those who do, incur back-breaking debt. There are no jobs out there other than minimum wage jobs, precarious jobs based on fleeting contracts. These jobs offer no end in sight for repaying student loans, forcing working-class students into decades of wage slavery.

3. Social democracy as opposed to radical change—youth movements, including campus movements, are forced to stay within the constraints of bourgeois (i.e. electoral) politics, which serve the rich.  Parliamentary democracy has not, and will not, radically change conditions for the working class.

4. So-called student representatives on campus have no interest in the working class—Student leaders whose aims are cushy jobs with unions and federations are only interested in pushing an NDP (social democratic) agenda and furthering their own careers. We oppose careerism.

It is time for us to realize that our future under capitalism is intolerable. Proletarian youth should not be forced to succumb to the misery of working for minimum wage, struggling to balance two or three part-time jobs just to pay our rent and feed ourselves, waiting for welfare checks or being broke at the end of every month. As struggling youth we must recognize that it is this misery that is the foundation of the capitalist system. It is a joke to blame our social positions on our lack of motivation- it is clearly the proletariat who works the hardest! It is also the proletariat who must surrender the fruits of their labor!

With this said, the rich will not let go of their power and wealth without a fight! We know very well that it will not work to aim for reform, or simply replace the individuals in power with others who appear to have a working-class agenda. We must instead take down the bourgeois state! Historically, we have seen the people power of proletarian students, youth and workers mobilize to abolish capitalism. We see proletariat students, youth and workers from Nepal, India and beyond rising up and resisting capitalist oppression. We must learn from history and from people’s struggles across the globe and take the steps to make revolution a possibility now, right here in the heartland of capitalism and imperialism–Canada!

To learn more, visit rsmtoronto.wordpress.com

To join us, e-mail revolutionary.studentsTO@gmail.com

RSM’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Death

Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, passed away earlier this month. Indeed, this death was regrettable, as friends, families, and supporters mourned their loss. A blog post on MLM Mayhem criticizes the state sanctioned fanfare around the funeral, but more importantly–criticizes  the general radical left in Toronto, who, while identifying as anti-capitalist and anti-statist, took part in the state-sanctioned mass mourning, all the while moralizing against those with other views and opinions on the matter.

Although there are some who agree with the position put forth by the author of MLM Mayhem, this post on Layton, like the post on boycotting the Federal 2011 elections, became the subject of derision and defensive hatred on reddit and rabble.ca. Some have even went as far as to call for censorship on one the critical threads.

Members of the Revolutionary Student Movement stand firmly behind MLM Mayhem’s analysis and position on the NDP. We are in agreement  about the default opportunism appearing in the “movement.” Our comrade’s blog exposes that Layton was as much a running-dog of imperialism and, given the constraints of the capitalo-parliamentary structure, could not but have assumed this role, even as leader of the official opposition.

NATO bombs have been raining down on Libya since the NDP scored official opposition status, without any word of resistance.

We believe that young people have something much better to work for. What we ought to build  is our own movement, a project that doesn’t not yet exist within the comforting limits of accepted bourgeois legalisms or within the cozy offices of student unions, the university counterparts to these parliamentary cretins. Our project is to help create revolution with the people. The masses are that elemental force necessary for root change. That’s why we are, in part, Maoist.

Our task is to find the correct expression for the rage, felt by  those of us who have to toil daily just for a roof over our heads, 3 square meals, and clothing. This rage is all around us.  We strive to work with our peers and with proletarian youths to target and shape that rage–to give it expression.